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December 2018 Archive

    1. GTA V tops Europe's Christmas digital download chart
    1. Red Dead Redemption 2 claims UK Christmas No.1
    1. A Hat in Time has sold over one million copies
    2. Eugen Systems fires workers involved in pay dispute
    1. Discord raises $150 million in new funding round
    2. Celeste sold over 500k copies
    3. Over 100 Blizzard staff accept buyouts
    4. Insurgency: Sandstorm was the most downloaded game in EMEAA last week
    5. Nintendo head of partner management departs
    6. Gris has already turned a profit
    7. Microsoft, Fatshark veterans form new studio for immersive audio book games
    8. The Podcast: Game of the Year 2018
    9. Global spending on mobile expected to pass $76bn in 2018
    10. Marvel's Spider-Man is the fastest-selling superhero game in US history
    11. Apple may soon enable gifting for in-app purchases
    12. Niantic launches $1m AR game contest
    13. Sunny Side Up marketing firm is Keywords' latest acquisition
    14. Gameloft shutting down Spider-Man Unlimited after four years
    15. Games of the Year 2018
    16. Cloud Imperium secures $46m investment for Star Citizen
    17. China ends freeze on game approvals
    1. Zynga acquiring Small Giant
    2. Superdata: Digital games spending flat last month
    3. Xbox All Access to end with 2018
    4. Telltale's The Walking Dead to conclude final season on Epic Games Store
    5. Housemarque goes AAA with new project
    6. Atari H1 financials show continued growth driven by RollerCoaster Tycoon IP
    7. People of the Year 2018
    8. Esports' urgent need for visible gender diversity
    9. "To be a good game designer, you have to be a good designer first"
    10. Industry movers and shakers share 2018 highlights
    11. 11 bit studios raises over $500,000 for War Child
    12. Define Human Studios closes down as it takes Islands of Nyne free-to-play
    1. PUBG Mobile reaches 200 million downloads
    2. Apptopia: Brawl Stars brings in $5.1 million in its first week
    3. Gameloft acquires FreshPlanet
    4. Evil Geniuses founder unites esports agencies to form Popdog
    5. Formula 1, Hutch partner on mobile games
    6. Consumer advocates want FTC to investigate kids apps
    7. People of the Year 2018: Epic Games
    8. Jägermeister launches video game soundtrack competition for indie studios
    9. People of the Year 2018: Hello Games
    10. NPD: Switch, PS4, Xbox One all sell over 1.3 million units in November
    1. Frontier Developments raises £43,000 for SpecialEffect
    2. Bonnie Ross joins AIAS Hall of Fame
    3. US School Safety Commission largely gives games a pass
    4. Old ways can still be the best ways
    5. Escape from Tarkov developer issues DMCA to stop story about user info leaks
    6. Twitch saw over 3 million streamers per month in 2018
    7. LA Valiant partners with children's hospital in $500,000 fundraising pledge
    8. People of the Year 2018: Rami Ismail
    9. Devolver Digital names former Apple games business manager to lead mobile charge
    10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate US sales reach 3 million
    11. People of the Year 2018: Phil Spencer
    12. Insomniac Games hires Telltale lead writer
    13. Esports BAR's mission to get non-gaming brands excited about pro-gaming
    14. Global games market value rising to $134.9bn in 2018
    15. Atari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game deal
    1. Sony accidentally reveals PS4 player counts
    2. Hajime Tabata: "I want to change the way things are made"
    3. DeltaDNA: In-game ads beginning to catch IAP as viable revenue stream
    4. Why go for a surprise launch?
    5. Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood stepping down after 17 years
    6. Fortnite Season Five announcement most watched trailer on YouTube in 2018
    7. presents... The Year In Numbers 2018
    8. Charles Martinet wins Guinness World Record for most performances as same games character
    9. Capcom responds to complaints over Street Fighter's in-game ads
    10. Nordisk Film acquires further Star Stable Entertainment shares in deal worth $11m
    11. HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder found dead
    1. Red Dead Redemption 2 reclaims No.1 in UK charts
    1. Future sells MCV to B2B media specialist
    1. Eric Barone forming team for Stardew Valley
    2. Women in Games France launches esports incubator program
    3. Arena of Valor downloaded one million times on Nintendo Switch
    4. PlayStation Classic sells 120k in Japan
    5. Discord store offering developers a 90/10 revenue split
    6. Epic shuts down Fortnite data miner
    7. IWGB launches video game workers union branch
    8. Riot reportedly suspends COO over misconduct at work
    9. Super Smash Bros Ultimate shoots to the top of EMEAA charts
    10. Intel and ESL announce $100m esports investment
    11. The state of esports: Radical growth and inevitable failure
    12. Check out our 16-page Game Publisher's Guide To Esports
    13. Metro Exodus release brought forward to February 15th
    14. Minecraft modders form Hypixel Studios
    15. Blizzard cancels Heroes of the Storm Global Championship
    16. The UK industry stares down a Brexit disaster
    1. Infinity Ward receives bomb threat - Report
    2. Twitch sells Curse Media
    3. Relic names Heidi Eaves COO
    4. Razer launches cryptocurrency initiative
    5. "Apathy is how games die"
    6. The Investment Summit heads to the US
    7. Nintendo: Red Dead 2 not being on Switch was down to timing
    8. AppsFlyer: Ads now generate more revenue than IAP in casual mobile games
    9. Supermassive Games: "We used to think awards didn't matter"
    10. Epic's Fortnite was the highest trending game on Google US in 2018
    11. Detroit: Become Human hits two million sales
    12. EGX Rezzed 2019 sees return of Epic's Powered by Unreal Engine zone
    13. Apptopia November report: Football Manager 2019 on Android outpaces all other new releases
    14. Why even avid Steam gamers should celebrate Epic's new store
    1. Korean developer Pearl Abyss to open US office
    2. Epic to launch cross-platform services for developers
    3. Starbreeze suggests it will dump VR business
    4. ZeniMax, Facebook settle VR lawsuit
    5. The Game Awards' audience more than doubled from 2017
    6. A cursory look at C Prompt
    7. Loot boxes: An industry at war with itself over a technicality
    8. Funomena, Feminist Frequency, Housemarque kick of Ludicious 2019 line-up
    9. Super Smash Bros Ultimate sold 1.24m in three days in Japan
    10. Ubisoft ends automatic bans for offensive language in Rainbow Six: Siege
    11. The search for creativity at Voodoo's new Berlin studio
    12. Mobile startup AppOnboard raises $15m round for instant demos platform
    13. Nintendo: Switch user revenue is at historic levels in the US
    1. Amy Hennig to receive lifetime achievement award
    2. Games Media Brit List awards to return in May
    3. UK Games Fund splits Pitch Development Programme money
    4. People of the Year 2018: Annapurna Interactive
    5. China's new Ethics Committee has been reviewing existing titles
    6. E3 and the season of hype-building
    7. How to build an effective art and animation team
    8. Parliament launches "addictive" technologies inquiry
    9. Applications open for EGX Rezzed 2019's Leftfield Collection
    10. Epic pulls Infinity Blade series from the App Store
    11. Sledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield leaves Activision
    1. E3 still "a no-brainer" for Nintendo
    2. Red Dead Redemption 2 wins Best Game at Fun & Serious Festival Awards
    3. 50 billion hours of gaming watched on YouTube in the last year
    4. People of the Year 2018: Game Workers Unite
    5. Three studios delay - or cancel - their Steam launches in favour of Epic Games Store
    6. Valve banning "child exploitation" games from Steam
    7. Very limited tickets available for the UK Marketing Summit
    8. Boosting now a criminal offence in South Korea
    9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play
    10. China forms new ethics committee to review video games
    11. Olympic esports discussion "premature" says IOC
    12. Jade Raymond: The ecosystem has changed, and games need to catch up
    1. UK Charts: Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the fastest-selling Smash Bros of all time
    1. Journey to the Savage Planet and an adventure in optimism
    1. Daybreak Game Company lays off staff
    2. Warframe downloaded one million times on Nintendo Switch
    3. Casual Connect acquired by Greenlit Content
    4. Super Smash Bros Ultimate: Critical Consensus
    5. Senior EA Ireland director fired over dick remarks
    6. People of the Year 2018: Yves Guillemot
    7. Farming Simulator 19 sells 1m copies worldwide in 10 days
    8. UK government pours £20m into creative industries
    9. Far Cry, Dragon Age 4 and Crash Team Racing remaster lead Game Awards reveals
    10. Supercell opening new coding school (without teachers or classes)
    11. Epic Games Store launches with focus on indie games
    12. Epic has actually listened to developers
    13. "We must self-regulate loot boxes before it's too late"
    14. Forza Horizon 4 is now the best-selling Horizon game
    15. God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, indies prevail at The Game Awards
    1. Activision introduces Zombie-less Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
    2. YouTube, Twitch speak out against EU Copyright Directive
    3. People of the Year 2018: Lars Wingefors
    4. AR/VR spending to jump 69% in 2019 - IDC
    5. Brian Fargo: “I spent 50% of my time raising money”
    6. Apple pulls mobile strategy game for including Taliban as enemies
    7. Phil Spencer: Xbox Game Pass “will come to every device”
    8. Former SteamSpy promises Epic Games Store will share “as much info as legally possible”
    9. Seeing the past and future of gaming through The Game Awards
    10. Bethesda's support ticket system leaked personal information
    1. Capy's Nathan Vella “not afraid of how Below will perform” when it arrives next week
    2. Nier: Automata hits 3.5 million shipped
    3. UK gambling commission in talks with Twitch over casino streams
    4. Mike Laidlaw joins Ubisoft Quebec City
    5. 84% of teen girls in the UK play video games in their spare time
    6. 2 Milly sues over Fortnite dance
    7. Playgroundz: Women dominate mobile gaming and spending, are scarce on YouTube and Twitch
    8. People of the Year 2018: The Xbox Adaptive Controller team
    9. Starbreeze raided by authorities, one person arrested
    10. The Podcast: Unpacking loot boxes
    11. Server company Zeuz raises €3 million in funding
    12. Devcom conference now under control of German dev association
    13. Steam Link is now in beta for Raspberry Pi
    14. Epic is no longer developing Unreal Tournament
    15. Valve offers explanation for October drop in Steam traffic
    1. Dead by Daylight's Charity Case raises half a million
    2. Kareem Hunt removed from Madden NFL 19
    3. Disney Magic Kingdoms tops €100 million
    4. Striking the balance of autonomy and narrative
    5. App Annie: Mobile to take 60% of worldwide gaming revenue
    6. Super Evil Megacorp partners with NetEase to launch Vainglory in China
    7. Steam is under attack from all sides
    8. Bandai Namco to open new European HQ in 2020
    9. Epic launching Steam rival with 88% revenue share for developers
    10. Modern Times Group invests in new VC fund Play Ventures
    11. The year games retail (didn't) die
    12. Bethesda promising replacement bags after Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition backlash
    13. Pokémon Go trespassing lawsuit settled
    14. Fortnite and copyright: Can you steal a dance routine?
    15. PUBG Mobile leads winners in Android Game of the Year Awards
    16. Donut County and Gorogoa triumph in Apple Game of the Year Awards
    1. Niantic invests in holographic AR display outfit
    2. Indie developers are unhappy with Steam's new revenue sharing tiers
    3. Jam City reportedly lays off large number of employees across multiple studios
    4. Hajime Tabata announces new studio, JP Games
    5. THQ Nordic acquires Carmageddon IP
    6. Why are AAA single-player games viable again?
    7. CCP halts production of EVE-based FPS Project Nova
    8. Activision Blizzard inks major Overwatch League licensing deal
    9. Video games and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Christmas
    10. Starbreeze faces insolvency, CEO steps down
    11. Playtika acquires German casual studio Wooga
    12. Starbreeze slashes price of Overkill's The Walking Dead due to low sales
    1. UK Charts: FIFA 19 retains No.1 as Darksiders III makes No.32
    1. Valve adds revenue share tiers for developers